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Re: Bug#886238: Please introduce official nosystemd build profile

Adam Borowski writes:
> On Sat, Jan 06, 2018 at 07:17:14PM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> On Jan 06, Simon Richter <sjr@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > As it is now, we have a lot of people who are maintaining their own
>> > packages outside of Debian. Can we get enough support to reintegrate
>> > both the people and the code?
>> I will ignore for the time being the reasons why these packages are 
>> outside of Debian, and focus on the obvious prerequisite.
>> As it is now, and as Simon is patiently trying to explain, sysvinit in 
>> Debian is basically unmaintained because no Debian developer cares 
>> enough about it.
> Ian Jackson and Benda Xu are nobodies?
> (Somehow Ian mistakenly versioned an upload as NMU.)

I think Marco wants to suggest that they don't seem to actively maintain
sysvinit and therefore the package is in practice unmaintained.

> I can't think of any pressing issue (#872039 has bogus severity), the
> package is mature, and any recent breakage happened due to systemd
> changes.

No maintainer has replied for almost half a year (when the bug was
filed)...  sysvinit probably only stays in testing because systemd
depends on sysv-rc for compatability with LSB init scripts...

> This is not to say all is fine -- the package really could take some extra
> work, but it is functional.

And the remaining packages of the sysvinit ecosystem are unmaintained
too, for example insserv (#834284) and startpar (#834283).  Or
systemd-shim if you want to consider desktop systems too.